Today we will investigate some benefits of spirulina for our skin. Basically, this is a widely used health supplement. It has numbers of various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit our body and brain.

What is spirulina

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both saltwater and freshwater. It is a type of cyanobacterium which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae. Cyanobacterium can produce energy by sunlight using the process photosynthesis just the way plants do.

Health Benefits of spirulina

A standard daily dose of spirulina is 1–3 grams, but doses of up to 10 grams per day can be used effectively. This tiny alga has lots of nutritional value.

A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains: –

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15%
  • Copper:  21%
  • Protein:  4 grams
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4%
  • Iron:  11%
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11%
  • It also contains a decent amount of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.
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Now let’s see some benefits of spirulina for skin: –

Glowing skin

Power-packed with antioxidants, spirulina can give amazing benefits to your skin when it comes to glow and complexion. The spirulina face mask is the ultimate detoxifier that your skin needs.


As a face pack

  • Add 1 tbsp. spirulina powder to 1 tbsp. organic honey and mix it well. Apply this mask evenly on cleansed face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • You can also make one more pack by taking approximately five grams or one teaspoon of spirulina powder and add a few drops of rose water to it. Mix this well and apply this pack evenly on your face. Wash it afterward with lukewarm water.

For acne

Spirulina’s anti-inflammatory properties help in reducing acne and prevent further breakouts as well. It increases your skin’s metabolism which enables faster healing and prevents bacterial overgrowth. Apart from ingesting it, you can also use spirulina induced skin care products to combat acne problems.

For dark circles and premature aging

Chlorophyll is present is spirulina which helps in reducing dark circles and spots on the skin. Spirulina also helps in treating baggy eyes and fine lines. Tyrosine, Vitamin E and selenium are some of the active compounds which are present in spirulina which is very famous to slow down the symptoms of aging. Since it also helps tighten the skin, the very apparent signs of aging get eliminated and delayed to a great extent. The presence of almost all known antioxidants in spirulina, such as vitamin C, E, B1, B5, zinc, copper, manganese, etc., fight the free radicals, thus working as an effective solution for premature aging.

For skin toning

As spirulina has a wide range of nutrients present in it such as vitamins, calcium, iron as well as phosphorus, etc. This makes it apt to be used for skin care and toning on a regular basis. It is known to oxygenate the skin from inside out, and likewise reduce the damage it receives due to heat and exposure to sun rays. It tightens and whitens our skin, and helps maintain the youth factor in our skin.

Though spirulina is a superfood this can cause side effects which includes headache, muscle weakness, allergic reactions, sweating, and insomnia.  Do consult a doctor before using topically or ingesting.

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